Parts of California have a White Christmas after all, with snowfall pounding mountains across the state.
However, other parts of California experienced a damp and rainy Christmas as storms continue to flood the state, causing flash flooding and evacuations in some areas during the holiday season.
At Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada, officials at the University of California, Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory questioned on Twitter whether recent snowfall could break December’s snowiest record of 179 inches (4, 6 meters) established in 1970.
There have been at least 119 inches (3 meters) recorded so far this month, according to The Mercury News, and more is expected over the next 72 hours.
The snowpack in the Sierra was at dangerously low levels after the last few weeks of dry weather, but the state’s water resources department reported on Christmas Eve that the snowpack was between 114% and 137% of normal across the range with more snow expected.
In the San Bernardino National Forest, crews are working on a $ 4.2 million emergency project to repair a section of State Route 18 that rolled down a hill Thursday night after heavy rains, according to the San Bernardino Sun .
The route is a major route to Big Bear Lake and the closure near Panorama Point could take “several days or even weeks,” the newspaper reported.
The Los Angeles area is expected to see rain and snow in the mountains next week, according to the National Weather Service, with temperatures well below normal until the middle of the week.
The San Diego area is expected to see patchy showers, with heavy snowfall in the San Bernardino Mountains and Riverside County, with precipitation of up to Thursday.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Bay Area is expected to have rain showers until Monday before cold and dry conditions hit the middle of next week, the weather service said.
Storms across the west, which could drop rain and snow over much of the region next week and plunge the Pacific Northwest into a long cold snap, follow a now-extinct atmospheric river which delivered abundant amounts of precipitation earlier this week.
Rain and snow records have been broken in Nevada, and Oregon state officials have declared an emergency ahead of freezing temperatures, snow and ice.
Recent forecasts show that at least an inch of snow is expected to fall on Sunday in the Seattle and Portland areas, which generally do not see snow.
But forecasters and state officials say the main concern is cold temperatures in the region, with daytime highs next week struggling to exceed the freezing point, which is likely to impact temperatures. homeless people and those who do not have adequate access to heating.